• Magnetic freight delivery concept could slash road congestion

    A hyperloop-inspired goods delivery concept that uses linear motors to propel crates along a nation-wide network of pipes could help remove polluting freight traffic from roads and revolutionise the delivery of goods.  
    The system will send delivery crates through pipes at speeds of around 31mphThis is the claim of Magway, a London based-start up behind the scheme that has already received almost £1.5m of seed funding and grants since it was founded in 2017, including a £650,000
  • Toshiba launches resettable eFuse IC for low voltage applications

    Toshiba has announced a range of eFuse IC products. The range comprises six products in the TCKE8xx series which support various protection functions for power supply lines. Unlike traditional fuses, eFuses are resettable. They also offer over-current limit accuracy of ±11%, overvoltage protection, and over-temperature protection in addition to short-circuit protection. Offered in a 3x3mm, ...
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  • Airbus reports progress on Euclid space telescope

    Assembly is now underway on the main telescope of Euclid; the highest-performance optical instrument that Airbus has ever constructed
    The entire silicon carbide primary structure of Euclid in the Toulouse cleanroom. Image: AirbusThe Euclid mission aims to map the geometry of the “dark universe” – the regions which are too cold to emit visible light. Its telescope, the most complex that Airbus has ever designed and built, according to Philippe Pham, head of Earth observation, na
  • Brain implant electrode material shows MRI compatibility

    An alternative electrode material for brain implants has been shown to be MRI compatible and more durable compared to metal implants.
    Side-by-side look at platinum (left) and glassy carbon (right) thin-film electrodes for deep brain stimulation (Image: SDSU)Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes into the brain to produce electrical impulses that control abnormal movement, but current implant materials can present anomalies when the patient requires further medical evaluation via a
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  • ABB subsea system opens new offshore opportunities

    A new subsea power distribution and conversion system could help transform offshore energy production, according to its owner, ABB.
    The subsea power unit has just completed a 3,000-hour shallow water test at a sheltered harbour in Vaasa, FinlandIn development since 2013, the new unit will allow offshore operators to access up to 100MW of power, over distances of 600km and at depths of 3,000m. This is all facilitated via a single cable from the shore, with the entire system requiring little or no
  • Mouser Electronics and Amphenol SSI sign distribution agreement

    Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with sensor manufacturer Amphenol SSI. Through the agreement, Mouser stocks Amphenol SSI products including pressure sensors and gauges, drum liquid level gauges, and combination temperature and pressure gauges. Amphenol SSI P51 pressure Mediasensor and P61 pressure and temperature Mediasensor families are micro-machined sensors designed to measure harsh ...
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  • Winter Games at Farnell

    Farnell is launching its Winter Games competition, giving customers access to weekly offers from suppliers and online games where participants can win e-vouchers as well as the Winter Games Grand Prize, a Go Pro Max 360° Camera. The Winter Games consists of three Olympic sport disciplines including ice hockey, bobsleigh and curling. The competition is ...
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  • Renesas IC implements ASi-5

    Renesas is sampling what it claims is the first IC to implement the ASi-5 (Actuator Sensor Interface version specification version 5) standard for industrial network equipment. Mass production is planned for March 2020 ASi-5 offers superior performance and usability over ASi-3, delivering 1.27 ms cycle time, 200m cable length and 96 slaves per segment. The ...
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  • November 1867: HMS Hercules

    Hyperbole and awe: the Hercules was the most powerful ship in the Royal Navy, as Jason Ford writes
    The rise of the ironclads
    The Hercules was laid down at Chatham in 1886 and emerged 337ft long with a 70ft 6in beam and a displacement of 5,226 tons. The vessel was propelled at speeds up 14 knots per hour by its giant 1,200-horsepower engines.Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is home to a technology first that was once the toast of the nation but would be obsolete a decade after she was launche
  • May 1937: HMS Hercules

    Hyperbole and awe: the Hercules was the most powerful ship in the Royal Navy, as Jason Ford writes
    The rise of the ironclads
    The Hercules was laid down at Chatham in 1886 and emerged 337ft long with a 70ft 6in beam and a displacement of 5,226 tons. The vessel was proelled at speeds up 14 knots per hour by its giant 1,200-horsepower engines.Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is home to a technology first that was once the toast of the nation but would be obsolete a decade after she was launched
  • Qualcomm expects fast 5G adoption

    Yesterday, at its analyst day, Qualcomm said there will be between 175 million and 225 million 5G smartphones in 2020,  more than 450 million in 2021 and over 750 million in 2022.. 5G adoption will be faster than 4G, says Qualcomm, because of demand from China. Qualcomm is expected to have an integrated 5G modem ...
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  • WeWork chairman’s email to staff announcing lay-offs

    It is expected that WeWork will lay off 4,000 staff with another 2,000 possibly to go later. This is the email about the cuts which WeWork chairman Marcelo Claure  (pictured) sent to staff on Monday: WeWork Team, This coming week is an important one in the future of WeWork. We are marking our 10th anniversary ...
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  • UltraSoC adds high-speed comms

    UltraSoC has added high-speed communications capabilities to its embedded analytics architecture, supporting debug and performance optimization in datacentres, high-performance computing, AI and storage applications. The addition of PCIe and gigabit Ethernet connectivity gives developers and users access to fine-grained information about the real-world behavior of such products, both in-lab during product development, and in-life after ...
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  • Nvidia Cuda-X AI and HPC software stack on Marvell ThunderX platforms

    Marvell has announced Nvidia GPU support on its ThunderX family of Arm-based server processors. Following Nvidia’s June announcement to bring Cuda to the Arm architecture, Marvell has collaborated with Nvidia to port its Cuda-X AI and HPC libraries, GPU-accelerated AI frameworks and software development tools to the ThunderX platform. The computational performance and memory bandwidth ...
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  • Rohm introduces low leakage current SBDs at higher voltage

    Rohm has announced the availability of 200V low-IR Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs) designed for automotive applications including powertrains, industrial inverters and various types of power supplies. The RBxx8BM/NS200 expands on the RBxx8 lineup of SBDs enabling high temperature. This series offers low leakage current characteristics to achieve withstand voltage of 200V. Replacing fast recovery diodes ...
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  • Energy skills event targets students across East Anglia

    Students from Norfolk and Suffolk will be able to get a taste of careers in the energy industry at an upcoming skills event in East Anglia.Skills for Energy 2019 is taking place on Wednesday 27th November in the new £11.4m Energy Skills Centre at East Coast College, Lowestoft. According to the organisers, the event will aim to inspire the next generation of energy professionals with interactive STEM-based activities including virtual reality experiences, robot and ROV control, nautical cha
  • ST signs up for more Cree silicon carbide wafers

    ST Microelectronics has extended its multi-year silicon carbide wafer deal with Cree, taking it to over $500m in total value. Cree will supply 150mm bare and epitaxial silicon carbide wafers to ST over “several years”, according to Cree. “Expanding our long-term wafer supply agreement with Cree will increase the flexibility of our global silicon carbide substrate ...
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  • Mouser supports automotive design with TI’s mmWave sensor

    Built using Texas Instruments low power, 45nm RFCMOS process, the AWR1843 is the latest wideband mmWave sensor available from Mouser Electronics.  It is AEC-Q100-qualified for automotive design, where its small form factor is suitable for radar systems in vehicles.  According to the distributor, the RFCMOS process enables a monolithic implementation of a system with three ...
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  • Super-repellent coating helps toilets save water

    Engineers at Penn State University have developed a super-repellent coating for toilets that leads to cleaner and more efficient flushing.More than 141 billion litres of water are used just to flush toilets each day, with millions of people around the world affected by water scarcity at the same time. According to the Penn State team, its coating can reduce the amount of water required to flush a toilet cleanly by 50 per cent, from six litres to just three litres.
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  • Schottky rectifiers up to 60V 15A for automotive

    Taiwan Semiconductor has introduced 45V and 60V trench Schottky rectifiers in a TO-277A-compatible SMPC4.6U package, and qualified to AEC-Q101 for the automotive market. The surface-mount package is only 1.1mm high and has wettable flanks for automated optical inspection. The parts are TSUPxM45SH or TSUPxM60SH, depending on whther the current rating is 45A or 60A, and the ‘x’ ...
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  • Teams announced for world’s first electric air race

    Eight international teams are set to take part in next year’s Air Race E competition, the world’s first electric air race.
    The UK’s Team Condor aircraft was unveiled at the 2019 Dubai AirshowThe competition, which will see electric race planes fly wing tip to wing tip around a 5km circuit, just 10 metres above the ground and at speeds of upto 450kmh has been hailed by Air Race founder Jeff Zaltman as a significant milestone for the aviation industry that will will provide a tes
  • Nexperia joins the GaN FET market for high voltage applications

    Nexperia has announced its entry into the GaN FET market with the introduction of the 650V GAN063-650WSA, with a gate-source voltage (VGS) of +/-20V and a temperature range of -55 to 175°C. The GAN063-650WSA features a low RDS(on) – down to 60 mΩ – and fast switching for efficiency. The company is targeting applications including ...
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  • Signify 3d prints recyclable luminaires for M&S

    Netherlands lighting firm has unveiled facilities for 3d printing light shades and luminaires in Europe, and plans to establish 3D printing factories in the US, India and Indonesia. ” We are the first lighting manufacturer to produce 3D printed luminaires on an industrial scale. The company has perfected this flexible, more sustainable form of manufacturing, using ...
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  • This week’s poll: the benefits of Bloodhound

    As the Bloodhound LSR team prepares to return from the Kalahari Desert after its successful opening round of high-speed testing, The Engineer asks what the most important benefits of the project are likely to be
    Driver Andy Green at the wheel of Bloodhound LSR on Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. Image by Charlie Spedding
    Take Our PollIt’s been a long road for Bloodhound, and The Engineer has been following the project since the very beginning. Through its design phases, the slow process of bu
  • Last week’s poll: Formula One’s zero carbon pledge

    We asked readers of The Engineer for their thoughts on Formula One’s pledge to reduce its net carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2030.Formula One has committed to making the entire sport carbon neutral by 2030 through increasing the efficiency of its racing engines and making further improvements to the energy efficiency of its factories and offices. It will also offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by moving cars and equipment around the world to races by planting trees, working
  • 3D printed PCB service opens in US

    Accucode 3D is to offer 3D printing of electronics for prototyping and low-volume manufacture from locations in Colorado and Texas. This is claimed to be the world’s first service bureau for 3D printing of electronics, by Isreal-based Nano Dimension, whihc has provided the two DragonFly printers that Accucode will be using. “With the DragonFly system’s ...
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  • TT Electronics buys part of Excelitas

    TT Electronics is to buy thevaerospace and defense power supply business of Excelitas Technologies the Californian power supply manufacturer for $17.7 million. The acquisition enhances TT’s US presence in power electronics for aerospace and defence, providing access to growth programmes with sole-source positions. The acquisition will add a number of blue-chip US defence primes. ‘This ...
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  • TT Electronics buys Excelitas

    TT Electronics is to buy Excelitas Technologies the Californian power supply manufacturer for $17.7 million. The acquisition enhances TT’s US presence in power electronics for aerospace and defence, providing access to growth programmes with sole-source positions. The acquisition will add a number of blue-chip US defence primes. ‘This acquisition will help us move up the ...
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  • Late, Great Engineers: Gustave Eiffel

    Best known for his eponymous tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York, Gustave Eiffel’s career was a mixture of technical achievement, public scandal and obscurity, as Nick Smith explains 
    Gustave Eiffel, 1832-1923Despite being one of the most important engineers and aerodynamicists of his age, Gustave Eiffel’s reputation ultimately rests on two instantly recognisable landmarks: the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. His monumental career spanned seven decades,
  • Intel to regain crown; Sony grows the fastest

    Intel is expected to be back on top of the semiconductor league table in 2019, regaining the crown it lost in 2017, predicts IC Insights, while Sony is expected to be the only top 15 company to grow year. The top-15 worldwide semiconductor (IC and O-S-D—optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete) sales ranking for 2019 is shown ...
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  • DRAM shipments rise as ASPs fall

    Q3 DRAM revenue rose 4% ending three quarters of QoQ decline as server and smartphone customers pulled shipments forward, says DRAMeXchange. However profit margins were reduced as ASPs fell 20%. Samsung increased Q3 bit shipments by 30% and quarterly revenue by 5% QoQ but its profit margin fell to 33% from 41% in Q2. Hynix ...
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  • Temperature sensor accurate to 0.25°C,

    With typical temperature-reading accuracy of 0.25°C and low operating and standby current, ST’s STTS22H enhances temperature and heat-flow monitoring in asset trackers, shipping-container loggers, HVAC systems, air humidifiers, refrigerators, building-automation systems, and smart consumer devices. The chip is I2C and SMBus 3.0 compliant, and supports flexible operating modes including configurable output data rate (ODR) down ...
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  • Hot electron capture boosts perovskite solar cells

    Hot electron capture would be one way to improve the efficiency of Perovskite solar cells, by directing the energy of those electrons to the external circuit, rather than allowing it to become heat within the semiconductor. Now a team from University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore think they have ...
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  • Supplyframe and Cadence collaborate on cloud-based PCB library

    Supplyframe subsidiary company SamacSys has completed an integration with Cadence Design Systems’s Allegro and OrCAD PCB design tool suites. This collaboration expands on the Cadence OrCAD Capture Cloud and the Allegro System Capture electrical engineering design platform by directly integrating the SamacSys platform of free design resources, including PCB footprints, schematic symbols and 3D models ...
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  • Wayve announces autonomous car trials for central London

    Wayve, a London-based start up which designs artificial intelligence software for self-driving vehicles, has announced a $20m series A funding round to launch a pilot fleet of vehicles in central London. The investment was led by Eclipse Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital and existing investors Compound, Fly Ventures and firstminute capital. End-to-end machine learning ...
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  • Bloodhound tops 1,000 km/h in final Kalahari test

    Bloodhound has rounded out its Kalahari test programme in style, hitting 628 mph (1,010 km/h) in its final 2019 run across the Hakskeen Pan track in South Africa.Run Profile 8 saw the vehicle hit a number of pre-defined parameters, with Bloodhound reaching maximum velocity in 50 seconds. Driver Andy Green lifted off the throttle at 615 mph (989 km/h), stabilised the car and then deployed a drag parachute to slow the car safely to a halt at the 11 km mark. The four weeks of testing in the Kalahar
  • Squid discovery could revolutionise molecular engineering

    The “marvellous molecular machine” that enables a Pacific squid to change its appearance may have implications for pharmaceuticals and energy applications
    Cephalopods are fascinating creatures. Possessed of great intelligence of a form entirely alien to humans, octopus and squid have physical abilities that often defy belief. Among these is their ability to change their appearance thanks to structures in their highly complex skin that control colour and texture. Studies of the mechan
  • Engineering consumer technology: Royal flush

    Japanese toilets incorporate a fascinating array of technologies and are starting to take off in the UK. Andrew Wade reports
    Japan’s electronic toilets are something of a cultural touchstone for the rest of world. They embody the country’s forward-thinking, futuristic society, as well as its deep respect for water and ritual ablution, rooted in the Japanese ethnic religion of Shinto. For many in the west, these high-tech toilets are as quintessentially Japanese as sushi or karaoke. Y
  • No need for US to feel jittery

    The USA has nothing to fear from China’s chip industry, said Tsinghua Unigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo (pictured) in Beijing at the weekend. “There’s no need for the United States to feel jittery,” said Zhao, “we’re trailing far behind, not posing any threat to the U.S. in the competition.” Zhao said that it will take at ...
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  • Q4 DRAM ASP only trending down 5% QoQ

    The Q4 DRAM contract ASP is undergoing a 5% QoQ decline while unit volumes have seen considerable QoQ growth, says DRAMeXchange. Inventory levels may mean that suppliers will no longer need to cut prices to encourage further sales leading to stable and recovering prices in 2020. DRAMeXchange believes that Samsung will not increase its wafer ...
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  • TFT backplane made using sALD

    Researchers from Holst Centre have uses spatial atomic layer deposition (sALD) to create both the semiconductor and dielectric layer in a thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane.  Using a low-temperature, large-area process for the backplane, the team created a 200 ppi QVGA display demonstrator.  The process allows TFTs to be produced on cheaper, transparent plastic foils, significantly ...
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  • TCS IT Futures introduces students to machine learning and coding

    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced that its digital skills programme, IT Futures, has engaged 570,000 students, across the UK, registering a sharp increase in participation by young girls. TCS’ IT Futures Programme focuses on young people in schools, colleges and universities, as well as their influencers – teachers, parents, and peers. It’s administered by ...
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  • British Broadband

    Controversy over this morning’s Labour Party initiative to connect every house in the country to fibre and provide broadband services to everyone free of charge, is growing. The head of BT has said Labour’s £20 billion costing is half what the real cost will be. Owners of private networks like Virgin have asked where does ...
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  • Catching a comet

    Fast show: Andrew Wade reports on an exciting new UK-led project to intercept a long-period comet for the first time.
    Graphic concept illustrating the mission’s journey from L2 to intercept a tagret (Credit: ESA)There’s an assumption with space missions that they must be years in the planning before they’re approved for launch. In the case of Comet Interceptor, a new UK-led project to observe a long-period comet up close for the first time, that assumption couldn’t be mor
  • Lightweight heat shield protects superfast aircraft

    Carbon nanotubes form the basis of “buckypaper” material to protect hypersonic aircraft in flight
    While passengers endure 19 hour non-stop flights from London to Sydney, aerospace researchers are working on ways to speed up flight. Materials scientists from Florida State University (FSU) reports in the journal Carbon that they have developed a thin, lightweight material that they believe could help shield aircraft from the intense heat that they would experience flying at  aroun
  • Qantas flies London-Sydney direct in research flight

    Australia’s flagship airline Qantas has flown a Boeing 787 Dreamliner non-stop from London to Sydney as part of a new research programme. The flight, which touched down in Sydney after 19 hours 19 minutes, is part of the airline’s Project Sunrise, which is pushing the limits of ultra long haul passenger flight in an effort to open up new direct routes. Last month saw Qantas fly non-stop from New York to Sydney in 19 hours 16 minutes. The third and final research fight will be fr
  • Wearable wireless sensor monitors baby blood oxygen

    Researchers are developing a wearable sensor to measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs’ effectiveness and whether the baby’s tissue is receiving enough oxygen.
    Prof Ulkuhan Guler shows off an early prototype of the miniaturised, wearable device that will one day monitor infants’ blood oxygen levels (Image: WPI)Prof Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’
  • Nvidia looks to conversational AI

    Nvidia’s Q3 revenue was down 5% y-o-y  at $3.01 billion and the company expects Q4 revenue of $2.95 billion. Gaming chip revenues were down 6% y-o-y at $1.66 billion but up 26% sequentially. Nvidia says it sees growth in chips for conversational AI. “This quarter, we have laid the foundation for where AI will ultimately ...
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  • Single chip delivers 1PetaOps/sec

    Stealthy, three year-old, processor start-up Groq says it has developed a single chip architecture which can deliver 1PetaOps/sec performance. Groq calls its architecture Tensor Streaming Processor (TSP). Two years back it said it had recruited eight of the ten people who developed Google’s Tensor Processing Unit ((TPU). The company has raised $62.3 million in funding. ...
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  • iFixit tears down Mate 30

    iFixit has completed a teardown of the Huawei Mate 30 and this is what it found: 6.53″ OLED display with a resolution of 2400 × 1176 (~409.29 ppi) Huawei Kirin 990 processor with 8-core CPU, 16-Core Mali-G76 GPU, and Neural Processing Unit Quadruple rear cameras—40 MP ƒ/1.8, 40 MP ƒ/1.6, 8 MP ƒ/2.4 with 3x optical zoom, ...
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